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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do the girls think love could do?

2. Who finishes each other's sentences?

3. What happened at a rest stop in New Jersey?

4. How do Gillian and Sally come to be separated?

5. What does Kylie feel about her upcoming birthday?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was everyone so upset at Kylie's birthday dinner?

2. How do the girls compare to each other and why do they not play with any of the children in town?

3. What is happening that has caused Gillian and Sally not to speak?

4. How does Sally figure out that Kylie will never be normal?

5. What do Sally and Gillian do with Jimmy and what happens immediately after they do it?

6. How old are Antonia and Kylie at the beginning of Premonitions and how do they get along?

7. What happens in school that makes the children believe Sally is a witch?

8. What do the children in the town mothers do?

9. What do the girls see Irene ask their aunts for, what do their aunts tell Irene and what does she say?

10. What happens when Sally hears a knock on the door one night?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the following:

1. What do you think are the characteristics of a successful novel?

2. Analyze and discuss "Practical Magic" based upon the criteria you decide upon in #1 and judge if "Practical Magic" is a successful novel.

3. Do you think the criteria for a successful novel should be different if it is written for young teens versus adults? Why or why not? Would most adults consider "Practical Magic" a successful novel? What about young teens?

Essay Topic 2

Characters are an important part of what makes "Practical Magic" interesting. Discuss the following:

1. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Gillian. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

2. Thoroughly discuss and analyze the character of Sally. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she ever likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

3. Thoroughly discuss and analyze Kylie. What are her strengths? Her weaknesses? How does she contribute to the plot? Is she a sympathetic character? Is she always likable? Never likable? Use specific examples to illustrate your ideas.

Essay Topic 3

Many novels, and perhaps a majority, of novels ends on a happy note. Discuss the following:

1. Why do you think many (most?) people want what they perceive as a happy or good ending to a novel? Explain your opinion. Do you? Why or why not?

2. What are three reasons to read fiction? Discuss each one in light of "Practical Magic" and whether or not it fulfills all three, two or one of the reasons you mention. Give examples as to why "Practical Magic" is or is not successful in fulfilling the reasons you discuss.

3. Do you think reading solely for entertainment is as good a reason to read as any other? Why or why not? Can any work of fiction or non-fiction, no matter how poorly written, enlighten, teach, stimulate thought? Why or why not?

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